Elijah Wood`s horror film `Maniac` banned in New Zealand

London: A horror film, starring Hobbit actor Elijah Wood, has been banned in New Zealand due to its `graphic violence` and `content that may disturb`.

The film has been restricted to festival film screenings and academic viewing by government officials but won`t qualify to be released in theaters or on DVDs in the country, the BBC reported.

The film, which received a limited UK release in March, was due to screen at the New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland and Wellington at the end of July.

A programmer for the festival, Ant Timpson, said that the Office of Film and Literature Classification was concerned that the movie was `injurious to the public good`.

The film, directed by Frank Khalfoun, stars Wood as serial killer Frank.

The original version of Maniac, by slasher director William Lustig, was a cult hit when it was first released in 1980.


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